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Joseph Quinlan April 20, 2017
Much of the world no longer trusts “the unfettered cross-border flows of goods, services, people” of globalization anymore,” explains Joseph Quinlan for Barron’s. “Without access to the world’s resources, capital, and labor, many U.S. firms would be shadows of their current selves in terms of market capitalization and earnings. That would endanger the whole U.S. economy.” Quinlan also expresses...
Megan Molteni April 19, 2017
A disease known as citrus greening, spread by the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus and the psyllid as insect vector, has infected about 90 percent of Florida’s orange groves. Scientists try traditional breeding and genetic engineering methods as well as chemical and heat treatments to slow the disease's spread without luck. One citrus company “is developing something more like an...
Olivier Roy April 18, 2017
The contemporary terrorist’s brutal acts against symbolic targets are centered around his or her own death, explains author Olivier Roy in an essay for the Guardian. “Muslim tradition, while it recognises the merits of the martyr who dies in combat, does not prize those who strike out in pursuit of their own deaths, because doing so interferes with God’s will,” he writes. Roy describes jihadism...
Coco Feng April 17, 2017
China’s growing middle class increasingly seeks state-of-the-art medical treatment, with about 500,000 Chinese traveled overseas for medical treatment in 2016. Japan, South Korea and the United States were the leading destinations, but more foreign hospitals are headed to China. “Two American hospitals have become the latest addition to a growing list of about 100 foreign clinics that have...
David A. Graham April 13, 2017
The US president, in office for less than 100 days, has abruptly reversed course on multiple campaign promises, as listed by David Graham for the Atlantic. The “most visible reversal” is on Syria – with Donald Trump rejecting foreign intervention in Syria, even after a 2013 chemical attack, before the election and as president ordering missile attacks. Trump’s praise for Russian President...
Liz McCormick and Brian Chappatta April 11, 2017
Foreigner investors own more than 40 percent of the $13.9 trillion US securities, and options for investing in public debt are expanding, report Liz McCormick and Brian Chappatta for Bloomberg. This comes at a time when the US Federal Reserve is reducing crisis-era investments in US bonds and the Trump administration plans to launch an infrastructure-spending program. “In overseas markets, more...
David Marcial Pérez April 7, 2017
A cold, sweet beverage is refreshing for those who labor on farms, but too many empty calories can contribute to obesity and diabetes. “In the indigenous community of the Mazahuas in San José del Rincón, a wooded village in western Mexico state, there are homes without running water but with a bottle of soda sitting permanently on the dinner table,” reports David Marcial Pérez for El País and he...

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